Top 25 birds of the week: Endemic Birds!

Over 200 Endemic Bird Areas have been identified across the world, many of these areas being in the tropics and subtropics. When we talk about endemic bird species, this refers to species of birds restricted to a certain region and they cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme #Endemic. Birds are admired for their beauty and their ability to fly and most importantly birds are admired for the role they play in the ecosystem. These pictures create awareness about the variety and beauty of birds in our environment. Here we present the Top 25 photographs of birds of the week.

 

The Alpine Thrush was formerly known as the Plain-backed Thrush until it was split into the Sichuan Thrush and the newly discovered Himalayan Thrush. It is found from the north-western Himalayas to southern China. Photographed in Rishyap, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India (Nandita Bhattacharya)

 

The Ashy Starling is endemic to East Africa. It is found in open and wooded grassland with baobab trees. Photographed in Tarangire, Tanzania (Joshua Sant)

 

The Bank Myna is a myna found in the northern parts of South Asia. This species is similar in colouration to the Common Myna, only differing in having brick-red naked skin behind the eyes instead of yellow. Photographed at the Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India (Gargi Biswas)

 

Bar-bellied Pitta photographed in Changkran Roy, Cambodia (Richard Chong)

 

The Bee Hummingbird is the smallest hummingbird which is endemic to the entire Cuban archipelago, including the main island of Cuba and the Isle de la Juventud in the West indies (Owen Deutsch)

 

The Black-and-Orange Flycatcher is a flycatcher species endemic to the central and southern Western Ghats, the Nilgiris and Palni hill ranges in southern India. Photographed in Nilgiris, Tamilnadu, India (Geetha Mani)

 

The Black-chinned Babbler is found in the foothills of the Himalayas from the Muree Hill in Pakistan to eastern Nepal. This species inhabits subtropical and temperate forest at 245 – 2750 m altitudes. Photographed in Chakki Modh, Himachal Pradesh, India (Rajesh Mahajan)

 

The Brown Rock Chat lives most of its life in and around older settlements. It is mainly found in central and northern India. Photographed in Gujral Nagar, Jalandhar, Punjab, India (Rajesh Mahajan)

 

The Crested Myna is an endemic bird to southeastern China and Indochina and it is also known as the Chinese Starling. Photographed in Kolkata, India (Nandita Bhattacharya)

 

The Flame-throated Bulbul is only found in the forests of the Western Ghats in southern India. It is a bird of forest that is only rarely seen at the edges of forests or inside coffee plantation. Photographed in Ganeshgudi, Karnataka, India (Vidya Vijay Kulkarni)

 

The Grey-headed Bulbul is an endemic bird to the western Ghats in south-western India and it is found from Goa south to Tamil Nadu. This species prefers dense reeds or thickets mainly near rivers and swampy areas inside forests. Photographed in India (Arun Samak)

 

The Indian Grey Hornbill is a common hornbill found in the Indian Subcontinent and it makes local movements in drier western regions. Photographed at the Okhla Bird Sanctuary, Noida, India (Aneesh Bhaskaran)

 

The Malabar Grey Hornbill. This hornbill is endemic to the Western Ghats and Southern India. Individuals of this species are usually found in small groups mainly in habitats with good tree cover. Photographed in Dandeli, Karnataka, India (Satirtha Ghosh)

 

The Nilgiri Flycatcher is one of the Old World flycatchers with a very restricted range in the hills of southern India. Photographed in Nilgiris, Tamilnadu, India (Geetha Mani)

 

Nilgiri Wood Pigeon photographed in Kotagiri, Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu, India (Panthera Tigris)

 

The Orange-breasted Sunbird is an endemic sunbird to the fynbos habitat of southwestern South Africa. Due to its restricted range within the fynbos biome of South Africa’s Western Cape, this sunbird is associated with Ericas and proteas. Photographed in Cape Town, South Africa (Jacque Smit)

 

The Prong-billed Barbet is a distinctive, relatively large-billed bird native to humid highland forests of Costa Rica and western Panama. It prefers cool, wet, most-festooned mountain forest with large trees and adjacent habitat. Photographed in Costa Rica, Central America (Nagaraja,Arkalgud)

 

The Purple-rumped Sunbird s a sunbird endemic to the Indian Subcontinent. Photographed in Nilagiri, Tamil Nadu, India (Moulie G J C)

 

Southern Hill Myna photographed in Thattekad, Kerala, India (Gargi Biswas)

 

Spot-winged Grosbeak photographed in Tawang, India (Rashmi Deshpande)

 

The Streaked Weaver is a weaver species found in South Asia and South-east Asia. Streaked weavers are not as common as the Baya Weaver but they are similar looking with streaked underparts. Photographed in Tamil Nadu, India (Moulie G J C)

 

The Cuban Oriole is a songbird species restricted to Cuba and only a few surrounding islands. Both sexes look the same. Photographed at Las Terrazas Nature Reserve, Cuba (Owen Deutsch)

 

The White-browed Wagtail is a resident breeder in India and it is endemic to the Indian Subcontinent. It is one of the few Motacilla wagtails that has adapted well to urban habitats and it is often found perched on overhear water storages in residential buildings. Photographed in Bangalore, Karnataka, India (Paneendra BA)

 

The White-cheeked Barbet is an endemic species common in the forests and villages of Kerala. It is very similar to the more widespread Brown-headed Barbet, but this species has a distinctive supercilium and a broad white cheek stripe below the eye. Photographed in Thatterkad, Kerala, India (Gargi Biswas)

 

The Yellow -throated Sparrow. This species of sparrow is found in southern Asia. It appears like a House Sparrow, but has a strange yellowish shade on the throat Photographed in Mohali, Punjab, India (Kaushal Anuj)

 

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Edited by Abigail Ramudzuli, Campaign Manager